Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better 3rd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Isn't that what technology was supposed to give us—moretime? If your tools and gizmos seem to be consuming your lifeinstead of streamlining it, you need these 100+ shortcuts. Here areupdated versions of tried-and-true techniques plus plenty of newtricks that take advantage of smartphone technology and the growingimportance of the web. There are tips for everyone—fromWindows, Mac, and Linux power users to those lesstech-savvy—all designed to put hours back into your life.
A dozen ways to take back time
Hack 7: Future-Proof Your E-mail Address
Hack 12: Instantly Retrieve Files Stored on Your Computer
Hack 24: Design Your Own Planner
Hack 37: Set Up a Ubiquitous Note-Taking Inbox AcrossDevices
Hack 43: Build a No-Fly Zone
Hack 65: Make Google Search Results Automatically Come toYou
Hack 71: Run a Home Web Server
Hack 80: Automate Android Functions with Tasker
Hack 84: Command Your Phone with Your Voice
Hack 93: Extend Your Web Browser
Hack 109: Firewall Your Mac
Hack 110: Speed Up Windows with a Thumb Drive
At www.lifehackerbook.com you'll find hack updates, additionalinformation, and more tips and tricks.
About the Author
Gina Trapani is the founding editor of Lifehacker.com.Named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by FastCompany magazine, today she co-hosts popular web show ThisWeek in Google.
- ASIN : 1118018370
- Publisher : Wiley; 3rd edition (June 28, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 504 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781118018378
- ISBN-13 : 978-1118018378
- Item Weight : 1.49 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Complete transparency- I am rereading the book to glean any "hacks" I've forgotten over the years. Some of the recommendations are "timeless" principles. However, I plan to donate the book once I've finished it this final time.
There are a ton of "theory" books out there. Books that will tell you to spend your time more productively, not visit certain site, and get rid of all the extra emails. All great advice, but it can be hard for you to put into place without the right tools. Adam Pash and Gina Trapani give you those tools in Lifehacker. From email reduction to time-wasters to creating doable to-do lists, this is the best resource to turn to.
The book is structured in an easy to read way. At the beginning of each hack, the authors tell you the three most important pieces of information right up front:
Level: How easy is this going to be?
Platform: Where do I use this? Web, Windows, Mac, All?
Cost: How much does it cost?
This is a great way to evaluate the hacks that you will need quickly and will help you to find the information that will benefit you most. Fortunately, most of the hacks offered in this book are both easy and free.
Some of my favorite hacks in the book include:
Hack 1: Empty Your Inbox (and Keep It Empty)
Hack 9: Script and Automate Repetitive Replies
Hack 14: Instantly Recall Any Number of Different Passwords
Hack 24: Design Your Own Planner
Hack 25: Make Your To-Do List Doable
Hack 29: Dash Through Tasks With a Timer
Hack 39: Limit Visits to Time-Wasting Websites
Hack 53: Reduce Repetitive Typing
Hack 59: Become A Scheduling Black-Belt with Google Calendar
Hack 82: Augment Reality With Your Phone
Bottom Line: There is a ton of great information contained in this huge 476 page book. You probably won't use every hack and you probably already follow some of the author's advice, but you will (at least you should) use most of the hacks in this book. Highly Recommended.
BONUS: Lifehacker also has a companion website that has updates, additional information, and more tips and tricks.
BONUS #2: For the best theory book on why you should implement these time-saving tools, read The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. They complement each other very well.
Adam Pash and Gina Trapani have distilled the very best tools from the Lifehacker blog to help you streamline your workflow, focus your attention and work on the stuff that matters. I read it straight through in a weekend and now I am going back through, and following their clear, detailed instructions to implement very meaningful changes to the way I work. They have included hacks for everyone - newbies to geeks.
This is an outstanding example of book written to take full advantage of the digital format. They have included many links, allowing readers to go deeper into the content if they want. The table of contents is like a toolbox filled with gems. After reading it on my ipad, I downloaded it to my desktop and I am working from there to upgrade my digital life.
Lifehacker continues to be a Lifechanger!
I think I will buy this for clients as gifts tho.
Top reviews from other countries
Solutions are given for both Windows and Macs, and for several different internet browsers including IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The authors Pash and Trapani are virtually self-effacing: this is a manual, not a life philosophy, and it's the kind of thing you can dip into for bright ideas. I've only received it today and already I've implemented a couple of hacks. Whether they'll help to make me more efficient, who knows? - but there's a lot of down-to-earth, sensible stuff here and it also brings together several strategies from other books as well. All in all, it's a productivity bible.
So why only four stars? Well, this is the third edition, published in 2011. Many of the hacks are still applicable (LastPass and Evernote, for example), but some have been superseded or are no longer current (e.g. using Picasia to organise your photos). I hope the authors might bring out a fourth edition at some point, but I'll be keeping my eye on the Lifehacker website for more up-to-date tips. Really pleased with this.
This book is well worth getting - you get a lot of pages for your money and good advice rarely comes this cheap.
You don't have to sit and read the book from start to finish or in any particular order. Just flick through and pick out the tips that are relevant to you, try a few and then go back for more.
Once you have finished the book you will probably find yourself looking for the lifehacker web site to keep the good ideas coming.
Then pass the book around your office !
Buy yourself a copy, It'll cost the about the same as a takeaway and will feed your head for months!
What I don't understand is why the introduction is at the end of the book. I didn't realise, and read it at the end.